Katie Sherwood may be getting ready for a new chapter in her life, but last Saturday she was able to represent her Montrose High School volleyball team one last time.
Sherwood, a 2019 MHS graduate, competed in the Colorado High School Coaches Association 63rd All-State Games at Adams State University in Alamosa.
The Montrose standout, who’s attending the University of Seattle later this year to study nursing, competed with various other seniors from all across Colorado.
Sherwood and the other All-State-selected athletes were split into four teams, each unit playing two games.
Senior athletes are chosen for these games from their leagues through a CHSCA league representative and a CHSCA member coach.
The nominees are then voted on by CHSCA member coaches to pick the team, according to the CHSCA website.
Sherwood noticed that talent surrounded her at Adams State. She said many of her teammates were going off to play volleyball for schools in Wyoming, Mississippi and in-state.
“It was pretty eye-opening,” Sherwood said Thursday. “I competed with (players) that are most-likely destined to play college sports.”
Collegiate volleyball isn’t in the cards for Sherwood. She said she wants to focus on nursing — the same career path her mother chose — and not volleyball because it would feel like “a full-time job.”
Despite having All-State teammates going to play at big-time programs, Sherwood said the mood was quite lax as the girls only wanted to have fun and enjoy the experience.
Montrose coach Shane Forrest praised Sherwood, saying the honor was “well-deserved.”
“It’s a great way for her to celebrate her accomplishments and end her high school career,” Forrest said.
Still, Sherwood’s volleyball skills impressed her league foes and other opponents across the state. Last season, the MHS outside hitter was named to the All-Southwestern League first-team as well as the SWL co-Player of the Year alongside Grand Junction’s Breck Smith.
Sherwood was a strong all-around player for the Lady Indians. She led the team in kills with 247 and was second in aces (42) and digs (219).
“She had tremendous growth throughout her years in the program,” Forrest said. “This year, as a senior, she really proved herself as an all-around player.”
But now Sherwood is saying goodbye to volleyball and packing her bags for Seattle.
Sherwood, who is relocating to Washington, said her mother isn’t the only reason she’s going into nursing. She said after participating in a pair of internships over the past year at Montrose Memorial Hospital, she discovered the medical field was right for her.
“It definitely brings out a lot of interest and passion, so I thought, ‘That’s exactly what you need to make a career out of something’,” she said.
Although Sherwood doesn’t have plans or ambition to play collegiate volleyball, she believes she’ll be part of the sport in some shape. Whether it’s through playing for a club or rec team at the University of Seattle or even coaching the sport at some point in the future, volleyball will probably remain in Sherwood’s life.
“Who knows? Coaching can be in my future,” said Sherwood, who was an instructor for the Black Canyon Volleyball Club. “I’ve got a ways down the road. But still, I want to stay involved in the sport.”
Andrew Kiser is the Montrose Daily Press’ sports/business writer. Follow him on Twitter @andrew_kpress.